Stephen Ucembe starts the conversation by discussing his life growing up in residential care, which leads to an insightful, and at times disquieting, critique of institutional care in Kenya. The interview was inspired by Mr. Ucembe’s chapter in RESIDENTIAL CHILD AND YOUTH CARE IN A DEVELOPING WORLD: Global Perspectives (available from His contribution is an engaging and eye-opening analysis of residential care in Kenya.

Stephen Ucembe founded the Kenya Society of Careleavers in 2009 to provide support to young people leaving institutional care. He is a social worker, and is employed by Hope and Homes for Children as a Regional Advocacy Manager.
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